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Internship - Helping HANDS Program

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ORGANIZATION: Volunteer Polk

  • 5 people are interested

The Helping HANDS program is offering an internship with their program that includes administrative duties, shadowing of staff, and exposure to individuals with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. This internship is for the length of one semester. If completing this internship for academic credit, all required documents must be provided prior to your first scheduled day.

Interns will help to prepare agendas, minutes, reports, and presentations. Additionally, interns will attend Forensic Intensive Case Management staff meetings and Helping HANDS staff meetings and become familiar with the Polk County Sequential Intercept Map (SIM). Interns may shadow staff on visits to the jail or ride-along with Community Paramedic and/or Peer Specialists. This individual should be prepared to encounter individuals with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

Helping HANDS is a jail transition program that focuses on healthcare access, navigation, delivery and support for Polk County inmates returning to the community from jail. The program focuses on inmates who have had two or more arrests in the past 12 months and are receiving psychotropic medications while in jail. Referrals to the program come from the jail or community partners. Participation is voluntary, not court ordered.

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About Volunteer Polk


1290 Golfview Avenue, Bartow, FL 33830, US

Mission Statement

Volunteer Polk’s Mission: We mobilize volunteers and resources to improve the quality of life for people throughout Polk County.


Polk County volunteers are seeking to:

  • Make A Difference,
  • Meet Others, and/or to
  • Maximize their Career Skills - while assisting various agencies in County government.

Assignments are targeted to make a difference in the areas of:

  • Education -STEM
  • Environment
  • Economic Development & Community
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Public Safety

You may choose to volunteer once-a-week or once-in-a-while!


Justice & Legal
Community, Justice & Legal


We'll work with your schedule.


2135 Marshall Edwards DriveBartow, FL 33830



  • Legal (General)
  • Administrative Support
  • Case Work / Management
  • Community Outreach
  • Public Speaking




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Level II Background Screen National Sex Offender Registry Screen Polk BoCC Volunteer History Screen

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